The Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLGSF) is now accepting applications for the Summer 2009 Thomas Steel Internship. In memory of Thomas Steel, each year this internship offers one law student the unique opportunity to work on a legal project dedicated to improving the LGBT community. This internship is 40 hours a week. This year's project will include working part time with the Trangender, Gender Variant and Intersex (TGI) Justice Project and part time with the NLGSF.
The mission of the TGI Justice Project is to challenge and end the human rights abuses committed against transgender, gender variant/genderqueer and intersex people in California prisons and beyond. The intern will have the opportunity to advocate for transgender, gender variant and/or intersex people facing criminal prosecution in the San Francisco Bay Area, to help them gain access to needed services rather than be sentenced to jail or prison. Under the supervision of the director, the intern will carry their own client case load and be responsible for cases from beginning to end. Day-to-day activities will include interviewing clients in jail, strategizing with their supervisor as to the best approach to handle individual cases, finding and securing services for clients that address the underlying causes of their arrest, and advocating for clients alongside defense attorneys in court.
In addition, the intern will work with the NLGSF, updating Know Your Rights materials and organizing trainings geared towards the transgender community. Materials and trainings will cover criminal, immigration, employment and housing law, with an opportunity to focus on a particular aspect of the law based on community need and the intern's experience. The intern will conduct legal research, outreach to transgender people and work closely with partner organizations.
The internship is based out of San Francisco, will last from June through August, and has a stipend of $5,000. Applicants should be first or second year law students with a demonstrated a passion for social justice and a commitment to public interest work. Past activist/organizing experience and involvement with the National Lawyers Guild a plus. People of color and members of the LGBTQ community strongly encouraged to apply.